Driving on Highway 14 and 8 from Nantou County through Mt. Hohuan and Taroko National Park to Hualien County seems to become one of our most travel routes in Taiwan. Hualien County is my husband most favorite county and his idea place to enjoy his retired life. To me or most people in Taiwan, it is a nice place for vacational retreats because it is not easy to access which makes the lifestyle slower than the west part of Taiwan.
There would always be a reason for my husband to visit Hualien County. This time was to visit an army base in Hualien which was to be opened to the public. Visiting an open house on a military base in Taiwan was alway interesting to him and he had a real passion for the military. So, we drove about 7 hours crossing the central mountain ranges to reach our destination.
|This time we didn't make a lot of stops during our trip.|
The only one was Eternal Spring Shrine for practicing
with my canon EF100-400mm/f 4.5-5.6 telephoto len.
|There was a trail from the Eternal Spring Shrine to this temple.|
|This photo was taken from the tourist service center which was |
next to Farglory Ocean Park along the coast south of Hualien.
|For some reason the open house base was changed to another |
base in Taitung county. When we arrived at the base in Taitung
the next day, we missed the opening ceremony. The drill started.
It was fun to see how they played their war game.
|One of the purposes of the open military bases was to keep a good|
relationship with its neighbors. In fact, foreigners were not welcome
to visit any open house in Taiwan. The defense department worried
about its secret stuff would be stolen.
|Visiting the open house to see the military equipment has never been |
my interest. My focus was on these vendors which sold food and
|Finally, it was my turn after waiting 15 minutes in line It tasted good.|
I had to share with my dear husband who was enjoying talking to people.
|Americans used nice propane or charcoal grills|
when BBQing. Most Taiwanese used this
simple style to grill their food, nothing fancy.
|These buns were one of its main characters. |
It looked like a purse shape which also means
good fortune. It will be served in a party at the
end of year for wishing for a good fortune.
|The buns were placed in the bamboo steamer.|
|Pickled mustard and peanut powder were the other two ingredients. |
Some people liked to add parsley for extra flavor.